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Learning from the news of the day

December 5, 2017 in Blogs, Collecting, Education, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

By: Scott Barman Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

Although this blog is about numismatics, there are times when the news of the day reminds us that we not perfect beings and there are lessons learned that should apply to the hobby. For the last few months, there have been reports about how sexual harassment has been pervasive in industries where men hold a […] Full article at the source>

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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire…

September 2, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Archaeology, Art, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Legal, Legislation, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Politics, Rare Coins, World Coins

By: Wayne G. Sayles  Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

The Committee for Cultural Policy has pointed out on several past occasions that exaggerated media reports, of Islamic State (ISIS) income from the sale of looted antiquities to art and coin collecting communities, are and have from the start been unfounded. The persistence of outright lies has cast a cloud over the credibility of several major media outlets and their academic “experts” who fed the flame for what is obviously an ideological anti-trade agenda. In their August 2017 newsletter, the CCP presents a report on the findings of a Dutch National Police investigation that flatly debunks… Full article at the source>

Source: Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

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How about a Numismatic World News Podcast?

August 23, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Fun, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Online Tools, Opinion, US Mint, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Scott Barman Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

For the last few weeks, I have been publishing the Weekly Numismatic World News every Sunday evenings. These posts consist of links to the articles that I find around the Interwebs along with a commentary on one of the articles or something else related to the news. I had an idea. Rather than just post […] Full article at the source>

Source: Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

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Lack of leadership at the U.S. Mint

August 13, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Politics, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Scott Barman Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

Following the sell out of the 225th Anniversary Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Set, a few readers asked if I was going to post a comment. I declined to let the rest of the industry have this discussion. I would rather have a discussion about a different issue related to the U.S. Mint: the lack of leadership. […]

Source: Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

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NGC Adds to its Numismento Line

August 10, 2017 in Blogs, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Grading, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Scott Barman Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

Going through my email, I found a note from Numismatic Guarantee Corporation announcing a new label for the 10-coin 225th Anniversary Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Set. The label has the image of “Ye Olde Mint,” the mid-19th century picture of the original U.S. Mint building in Philadelphia. Funny thing is that the outrage of putting a […]

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POLL: Are you interested in the remaining U.S. Mint special collectibles?

August 8, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Reference, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Scott Barman Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

Not including the regular issues that will be sold by the U.S. Mint, the items left on their schedule is the American Liberty Four Silver Medal Set and the American Palladium Eagle. I previously discussed the Palladium Eagle. The American Liberty Four Silver Medal Set are four silver medals featuring the gold 225th Anniversary American […] Full article at the source>

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Why isn’t the World’s Fair of Money being live streamed?

August 3, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Blogs, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Online Tools, Opinion, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Scott Barman Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

Since the World’s Fair of Money has opened let me get into my annual rant: Why isn’t the show broadcast for those of us who cannot attend? Once again, work obligations have prevented me from traveling to attend the World’s Fair of Money. Unfortunately, it has been a few years since I was able to […]

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Source: Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

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Unintended Consequences

July 31, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Art, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, World Coins

By: Wayne G. Sayles Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

Three years ago, coin collector and hobby advocate Scott Barman posted on his blog an insightful article about the nature of what others have described as ideologically inspired bureaucratic overreach. He named the post “An Ancient Dilemma” and discussed the issue of unintended consequences in an era of “hyper-partisanship”. Where other members of the coin hobby and trade—including myself on some occasions—have become understandably emotional on this topic, Mr. Barman exhibits a remarkable degree of restraint and appeals both to law and common sense. In the past several years, he has also written other pieces… Full article at the source>

Source: Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

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A lesson in how not to compare grading services

July 9, 2017 in ANACS, Auctions, Blogs, Coin Errors, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Grading, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Scott Barman Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

Every so often I will read something and even though I agree with the premise and possibly the hypothesis, I disagree with the method. This is what happened when I read “How do late ANACS slabs stack up with modern PCGS?” This article by Michael Bugeja at Coin Update is not the first of its […] Full article at the source>

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Exaggerated descriptions plague coin auctions

June 19, 2017 in Auctions, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, E-commerce, Education, Ethics, Grading, Investing, News, Numismatic Crimes, Numismatica, Numismatics, Online Tools, Opinion, USA Coins

By: Michael Bugeja News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

I am growing weary reporting exaggerated descriptions in online coin auctions hosted by major portals, such as Proxibid and eBay. While it is difficult for those portals to monitor all lots in multitudes of auctions, it nevertheless hurts the hobby when hyped descriptions are not reported.

Here are just a few recent examples. I could provide many more, but these deal with coin rolls, raw coins, and holdered coins by eBay-approved and unapproved companies.

Let’s start with the “never opened” roll (hover cursor over images to zoom)… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Rich in symbolism, new Dragon and Phoenix coins offer rare collectable opportunities

May 17, 2017 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

Two of the most potent animal symbols in Chinese mythology appear in stunning high relief on these new gold and silver proof coins from The Perth Mint.

Seen as wise and benevolent, the Oriental dragon represents nobility and good fortune in a culture where people believed their Emperor to have been the son of a dragon.

Another ancient symbol of good fortune, the Phoenix is considered to be an immortal bird whose rare appearance foreshadowed harmony at the ascent to the throne of a new Emperor.

In Feng Shui, the dragon and phoenix are said to be perfect matches for one another. The… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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“Cents and Sensibility” Act reintroduced, aims to convert U.S. coinage entirely to steel composition

April 25, 2017 in Blogs, Circulating Coins, Coins, Legal, Legislation, Money, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Pennies, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Mint News Blog Mint News Blog (http://mintnewsblog.com)

1943-D over D steel cent. (Photo courtesy of Stack's Bowers Galleries)

1943-D over D steel cent. (Photo courtesy of Stack’s Bowers Galleries)

 

On April 6, Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) reintroduced the Cents and Sensibility Act (H.R. 2067), which proposes “to save the American taxpayers money by immediately altering the metallic composition of the one-cent, five-cent, dime, and quarter-dollar coins, and for other purposes.”

Cosponsored by Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) and Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH), the act is further described in a press release as “bipartisan legislation [that] lowers the cost of producing pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters by ensuring they are minted with steel instead of minerals imported from outside the United… Full article at the source>

Source: Mint News Blog (http://mintnewsblog.com)

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The Law and Ultra Vires

April 24, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Blogs, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

By: Wayne G. Sayles Ancient Coin Collecting

Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hilaire, an apologist for cultural property nationalists and a critic of private ownership and trade in cultural property, has posted on his blog a quite lucid history of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild (ACCG) experiences in District and Appellate Court over the past eight years. The post is surprisingly light on the editorializing or histrionics one might expect. It simply relates the facts and the positions of the two adversaries with reasonable clarity—as well as the judgement rendered. I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in cultural property issues.

That… Full article at the source>

Source: Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

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Monster coin portrays ultimate prehistoric predator

April 21, 2017 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Opinion, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

It was the flesh-eating monster that terrorised North America more than 65 million years ago. King of the tyrant lizards, Tyrannosaurus rex was a ferocious beast that literally ripped victims to shreds in its eagerness to devour them.

Standing up to 12 metres high, T. rex had a large, muscular tail essential for balancing its colossal neck and head. With only puny arms, its fearsome reputation was the result of massive jaws equipped with spitefully serrated dagger-length teeth.

 Testament to its awe inspiring violence, palaeontologists believe that in one mouthful, T. Rex could tear away more than… Full article at the source>

 

Source: Perth Mint Blog

By: Perth Mint

Published on Apr 20, 2017

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It was the flesh-eating monster that terrorised North America more than 65 million years ago. King of the tyrant lizards, Tyrannosaurus rex was a ferocious beast that literally ripped victims to shreds in its eagerness to devour them. Now, dinosaur fans can feast on this remarkable 5oz silver proof coin portraying a daunting image of the ravenous beast’s gaping mouth and lethal incisors. Limited to a maximum mintage of just 500, it’s sure to cause a feeding frenzy among collectors!

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2017 palladium American Eagle design mock-ups revealed

March 17, 2017 in Blogs, Bullion, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Palladium, Palladium Coins, Precious Metals, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Mint News Blog Mint News Blog (http://mintnewsblog.com)

Mockup of the proposed design for the 2017 palladium American Eagle coin. (U.S. Mint photo, via Coin World)

Mockup of the proposed design for the 2017 palladium American Eagle coin. (U.S. Mint photo, via Coin World)

In an article by Paul Gilkes, Coin World has shared U.S. Mint mock-ups (shown above) for the 2017 palladium bullion coins. The obverse is an exact and finely detailed rendering of the classic Winged Liberty dime obverse by Adolph A. Weinman. The word LIBERTY encircles the field above the effigy, while IN.GOD / WE.TRUST is placed in the lower left field, the designer’s initials in the lower right field, and the date, 2017, below Liberty’s neck. The matte gray… Full article at the source>

Source: Mint News Blog (http://mintnewsblog.com)

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Coin Collecting Terminology Explained

March 15, 2017 in Blogs, Circulating Coins, Coins, Collecting, Education, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Reference

By: Tegna Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Those who are interested in taking up the exciting hobby of coin collecting may become a bit confused about some of the terminology used in the industry. While each collector’s tastes and unique interests vary, there are a few basic coin collecting terms that are helpful to become familiar with.

What Is the Difference Between Circulated and Uncirculated Coins?

A circulated coin is one that is produced for everyday transactions by the United States Mint. Once a coin enters circulation, it becomes classified as “circulated.” All coins start out as uncirculated when they are struck at the mint, and they stay uncirculated… Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Libertad Varieties

March 3, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Mexico Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Gabriel Leif Bellman world.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

One of the joys of Libertad collecting is that even if you have think you’ve seen it all, you haven’t. This month a 2015 two-ounce silver Proof Libertad with a “detached wing” designation from NGC sold for $799. You can clearly see the wing looks like it was detached from the winged angel’s body—and of course, anybody who has read Gabriel García Márquez knows that real angels have wings that are attached to their bodies. Take a look at your 2015 two-ounce silver Proofs—likely there are more out there.

As if hunting for set completion weren’t enough of a sport, there… Full article at the source>

Source: world.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

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Happy Holidays to all of our dedicated readers of Coinupdate.com

December 24, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Michael Alexander News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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It’s been quite a year of new coins from all over the world, with the introduction of great numismatic and coin-collecting programs and many popular series that have remembered anniversaries and events such as the ones which took place during the First World War.

This year alone, the 2016 Rio Olympics were admirably staged in Brazil. Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation, to be celebrated in 2017, was launched this year with new coins and a design competition for circulation coins. Finland’s centennial of independence is about to become a national celebration in this Northern European country. An eight-year series featuring all Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Looking Ahead to 2017

December 20, 2016 in Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Dennis Hengeveld News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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It’s hard to believe that a new year is right around the corner. And with 2017 rapidly approaching it is time for our yearly preview of the new numismatic year. 2016 saw a wide array of shows, auctions, and new products released around the world; it will be particularly difficult for the U.S. Mint to live up to the standard it set with its 2016 releases, which were anchored by the popular gold Mercury Dime, Standing Liberty Quarter, and Walking Liberty Half Dollar Centennial Gold Coins. In this article we will take a look at what’s in store for the… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Crack-outs Bring Mixed Results

November 21, 2016 in Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), USA Coins, World Coins

By: Michael Bugeja News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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A regular feature of Coingrader Capsule is the cracking out of slabs by lesser holdering companies to see how they do in the big leagues, namely, PCGS or NGC. Specifically, I wanted to test some coins slabbed by National Numismatic Certification, which I reviewed in September, stating that its grading was inconsistent but, on occasion, good coins can be found encased within. I bid high enough to win these samples:

The 1880 Morgan is difficult to find in gem condition, and this one looked like it might pass muster. At MS-65, PCGS values it at $675.

Here’s a close-up of… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The Australian who inspired silent contemplation of fallen comrades

November 11, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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To honour those who have died as a consequence of war, Australians are encouraged to observe one minute’s silence as the clock strikes the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month – the moment the guns fells silent on the Western Front in 1918.

The observance takes place in other Allied countries, including New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and the United States. But how did the tradition originate? Click here for more official military tribute coins from The Perth Mint.

Edward George Honey has been credited as the first person to suggest a period of silence in which… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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Archaeologists Question Media Sensationalism

October 18, 2016 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Legislation, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Politics, US Government, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Wayne G. Sayles Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

Ancient coin collectors in the United States had good reason to smile this past weekend. Archaeologist Paul Barford in his blog Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues joined a growing list of critics who believe that U.S. government officials are being swayed by false information. Specifically, Mr. Barford cites major media reports regarding ISIS funding as tainting a recent Congressional Homeland Security Committee Report with “outdated information, misrepresented statistics, and discredited figures.” He goes on to suggest that congressional staffers who authored the report “…searched for reports published in major media outlets without critically examining… Full article at the source>

Source: Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

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Review of National Numismatic Certification

September 6, 2016 in Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Grading, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins

By: Michael Bugeja News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Increasingly I have been seeing slabs by National Numismatic Certification, a Florida firm, whose coins I sometimes bid on despite its grading being inconsistent at times, with flaws that would disqualify coins at PCGS or NGC. But that’s not an issue if you know how to grade, because some NNC-holdered coins are grade-worthy and, on occasion, near what a top company might award.

Please keep this review in perspective. CoinUpdate reviews books, services, and other aspects of the hobby. This is not an endorsement to submit coins to NNC, nor is it a warning not to. There are two… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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NFC Tags and the Fight Against Counterfeiting

September 5, 2016 in Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Counterfeit, Education, Fake Coins, Grading, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Kendall Bailey News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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It seems we can hardly go a week without hearing of new counterfeit coins surfacing. It is a problem as old as the hobby it continually undermines. Keeping collectible coins honest is especially troublesome today because counterfeiters have become quite adept at thwarting the security precautions employed by third party graders (TPGs). It is a predicament for collectors and dealers alike as it creates instances of distrust between buyer and seller.

The grading companies attempt to combat fakers’ efforts with a barrage of security precautions. TPGs use features like holograms, micro printing, serial numbers that are searchable on their websites, special… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Monster Toning, Monster Prices: It’s Still Just Bullion, Folks!

August 6, 2016 in Bullion, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Education, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Eagles, USA Coins

By: Michael Bugeja News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The screenshot above came in a search of “toned” and “monster” Silver Eagles on eBay. There were hundreds with “Buy It Now” prices ranging from $50 to $5,000.

This article tries to put the issue into perspective for those considering bidding or buying one of these coins. You may want to do so because of a unique pattern, for instance, or perhaps because you want at least one for your collection before they vanish. Or perhaps you are trying to build a set of toned Eagles.

Good toned examples are becoming increasingly difficult to find.

And as always, a coin is worth only… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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